Upcoming Workshops

Our workshops for professionals and students are approved for continuing education credits (CECs) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers (LCSW/LSW), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT),  professional / clinical counselors (LCPC/LPC), and clinical psychologists.

To register online with a credit card, go to the workshop page listed below, fill out the form and click “Buy Now.” You will be directed to Paypal, a securely hosted site, to process your payment (Paypal account not required). To register by mail or fax, go to the workshop page listed below, print out the brochure and mail completed registration form to 20 N Wacker Drive: Suite 1442, Chicago, IL 60606, OR fax to 312-372-4732. Once we receive your payment, we will send an e-mail confirming your registration, the workshop location, and schedule for the day.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Intentional Practices for Practical, Emotional, & Spiritual Support

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. & Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D.

Workshop Brochure 

Caregiving with illness and disability can be physically, psychologically, and financially burdensome, sapping hope, fraying bonds, and sabotaging the will to care. Yet, a growing body of research finds that family caregivers can derive important benefits, including increased life meaning, satisfaction, gratitude, and even improved health. In fact, caregivers have the potential to become more resilient and deepen bonds as they gain skills to providjulie's book photoe care more effectively, even in the face of a loved one’s decline. In this half-day workshop for health and mental health professionals, Drs. Barry Jacobs and Julia Mayer, leading national caregiving experts, will provide practical, innovative practice approaches to enable caregivers to experience the profound growth potential in their mission. We’ll focus on:

  • Teaching intentional practices, including mindful awareness, present engagement, daily reflection, and prospective retrospection.
  • Clarifying family members’ sense of purpose in decisions about providing hands-on care.
  • Normalizing ambivalence and frustration as they struggle to accept caregiving’s inherent self-sacrifices
  • Identify and nurture positive beliefs that will sustain caregiving and foster resilience.

Barry Jacobs, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, family therapisMeditations for Caregiverst, and the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers (2006) and a blogger on family caregiving topics for AARP.org and the Huffington Post.

Julia Mayer, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who’s specialized in women’s identity, caregiver, and relationship issues for over 20 years. She’s the author of A Fleeting State of Mind as well as columns for WebMD and HealthCentral.

Drs. Jacobs and Mayer are co-authors of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo, 2016).


Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago Loop – 6th Floor Conference Room

Workshop Schedule (3 CECs)                

12:30 – 1:00   Registration

1:00 – 4:00 Workshop

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